VTaL : Deadlines! Workspace Grade Sheets and VTaL Task Lists

Deadlines in Workspace

One of the major issues that I have had with my Senior DigiTech class, was for students to meet deadlines.  In order to flip this around, I decided to start using Workspace and the Activity Status (Started, Submitted, Assessed) functions.

I had trialled the use of Workspace with my JumpStart class at the end of 2017, and could see the potential to use the Workspace to monitor task completion.

Workspace Grade Sheets - VTaL Task Lists

One of the many cool functions of Workspace is the ability for Individual Evidence to be dropped into the Workspace, that when students 'start' the task, a copy is immediately created for the student.  Students then 'submit' the task for marking.  If the task meets the required criteria, the teacher can enter a grade into the Grade Sheet, and 'return final', or, 'return for edit' if adjustments need to be made.  

The Grade Sheet is a Google Sheet, that is automatically generated from the Individual Evidence, and Students within that Workspace.  Because the Grade Sheet is essentially developed from a Google Sheet, it is easy to develop the Grade Sheet into a VTaL Task List (Class Project Task List), with regular updates of formative feedback for students, including the traffic light system, as well as duplicates of sheets to reflect weekly or regular updates.  

Click on the image below to navigate to my site, to see how the Grade Sheet has been adapted into a VTaL Task List.

The VTaL Tools and Processes Used

The following are the VTaL Tools that have been used in this process:

  • Google Sites - Workspace [published] embedded into the Subject Google Site, enables stakeholders (other than students) to view the learning information within the Workspace.  Students access the learning within the Workspace through the Student Dashboard.
  • Google Sites - Class Project Task Lists can be embedded into Google Sites to reflect progress throughout a project.  Care needs to be considered so that individual students are not identified.  I have used ID Numbers in the past.
  • SOLO Learning Activities - these can be linked into the Resources section of the Workspace, to help guide student learning.  I also have the links to the learning activities embedded in other sections of my Google Site, outside of Workspace, for those students who are either new to the school, or do not have access to a particular Workspace for a range of different reasons
  • Class Project Task Lists - once generated from students submitted work, I will link this into the Rubrics section of a Workspace.  As shown in the example above, I will also embed the Task List directly into the Google Site (outside of Workspace).
  • Student Project Checklists - these can be linked into the the Evidence section of the Workspace.  Once students have had their assessed tasks returned, they can link their evidence to their Project Checklist, which helps the students to track the big picture of where they are at in terms of satisfying all of the criteria within a project or assessment.  In addition, the Checklists with evidence linked, may also be used for moderation purposes.
  • Workspace [published] - The Workspace needs to be published and embedded into a Google Site in order to be 'Visible'
  • Subject Google+ Communities - these can be linked into the Resources section of the Workspace, to enable students to access exemplars relevant to the project

Embedding Workspaces into Google Sites

Workspaces can be embedded into traditional Google Sites, as well as the NEW Google Sites.  Click on the following two images to navigate to examples in both versions of the Google Sites.

NEW Google Site - Workspace Embedded

Traditional Google Site - Workspace Embedded

Streamlining NCEA Data Updates to reflect Formative Feedback from VTaL Task Lists

The following blog post VTaL : Aligning Assessment Deadlines with NCEA Data Updates, demonstrates how the VTaL Task Lists have been linked and integrated into NCEA Data Updates.

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